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Alumni struggle with academics vs. athletics

Updated: December 3, 2010, 12:49 PM ET
By Jim Caple

The Times of London recently ranked my alma mater, the University of Washington, 23rd on its list of the 200 finest universities in the world. Let me repeat: My school is No. 23 in the world and the fourth highest ranked public U.S. university. If only those big foam hands had more fingers on them, I would drive down to Eugene, Oregon and wave them in the face of every one of those damn Ducks.

On the other hand, this marks the ninth consecutive year my Huskies will finish their football ...

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